A Cheshire care home has said it is being forced to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic after its local authority withdrew financial support for vacant beds.
Owner of Ryan Care Residential in Runcorn, Terry Owen, said the council had withdrawn funding for five beds it had been unable to fill during the pandemic.
Terry told Care Campaign for the Vulnerable: “Our elderly residents are devastated as are their families. We’ve been operating for eight years and we are known in the local area for operating a really good dementia care home.”
The home, which is rated Good in all categories, provides care for up to 15 people, including those living with dementia. The decision to close means alternative accommodation will need to be found for its 10 remaining elderly residents.
A Halton Borough Council spokesperson said it had discontinued funding vacant beds following a review, adding Infection Control Grant and COVID-related expenditure remained available.
The council said Ryan Care’s situation highlighted the “historic lack of investment in the sector and the detrimental effects of the economic climate and COVID-19”.
It said its focus was now on finding alternative homes for Ryan Care’s residents and helping secure alternative positions for its staff.